May 10, 2021

Martin Cummins asked to read prison screenplay

Petition asks Martin Cummins to read prison screenplay

More than 2000 women sign petition demanding a firm commitment from  Martin Cummins (film producer) to read screenplay addressing Texas judicial system

Martin Cummins

Martin Cummins – Talent Agents
– Actor, Director, Producer – Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), We All Fall Down (2000), When Calls the Heart (2014), Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996) – The Characters Talent Agency, Tyman Stewart –


Martin Cummins & Adam Sandler’s film company targeted by Texas petition

Will Hollywood just rollover and let prisoner’s suffer?


Martin Cummins
Martin Cummins
More than 2000 women have signed an open letter to Jana Sandler calling on Martin Cummins and Hollywood to take “movie action” to tackle injustice against men and women in the wake of revelations that Texas has more prisoners incarcerated than the Soviet Union’s gulag system had. Texas currently has over 290,000 inmates housed at 580 facilities.

The signatories, including state senators, professors of criminal justice, social workers, family, and inmates, call for a “firm commitment” to tackle the unjust prisons in Texas. The petition has also been signed by Beto O’Rourke, and Matthew McConaughey. These two signatories might face each other in the 2022 Texas governors election. Both have expressed interest in the job.  The petitions arrived for Martin Cummins at The Characters Talent Agency, Tyman Stewart last week.

In the open letter to Martin Cummins, the 2080 women write that they are “heartbroken for first-time drug offenders many times addicts who have received extremely harsh sentences in Texas when rehabilitation has proven a cheaper and more effective solution.”  The petition goes on to say their family and friends are often heartbroken for and looking for redemption and rehabilitation for the victimless drug crimes.”

The signatories, including attorneys, professors, politicians, family members, and inmates, call on Martin Cummins for a ‘firm film commitment’ to tackle the issue of operating the Texas prison system for profit.

The petition came to light when women discovered the screenplay, a copy which was dontated to all 580 of the state’s prison and jail libraries. The existence of the petition surfaced on International Women’s Day. Women in Texas face extreme prejudice in Texas and often receive extremely harsh penalties for even a small amount of drugs, including marijuana. Marijuana is legal now in 21 states.

Inside prisons, the women are faced with such horrendous conditions… the petition demands that “filmmakers begin to take the issue seriously.”  Also, the petition reminds that “even here in the USA in the 21st century citizens are not safe from government oppression.”

Actor, Director, Producer, Martin Cummins, has not responded to the petition. Nor has The Characters Talent Agency, Tyman Stewart responded with a comment.

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The screenplay “Dumbass” was penned by writer and retired professor of political science Alan Nafzger.

The premise of the story is that,Adam Sandler writes letters and saves numerous women from the monotony of prison life, and later when he gets into trouble with a drug cartel they return the favor by rescuing him.”

The film would be set in contemporary, Gatesville Texas. There are four women’s prisons located in Gatesville. And of course, Texas is famous for putting everyone in prison for a long sentences for little or no reason. The number of women in Texas prisons has tripled in the last ten years, as mass incarcerations have proven profitable to not only the state but also profitable for an array of business interests.

Writer Alan Nafzger has called on Governor Greg Abbott to, “end the prison industry.”

Recently, “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak spoke out against the Texas system and put a good word in for mercy and forgiveness out on social media. “How nice for those who have lived such exemplary lives that they can express glee when others have their lives ruined by a mistake, real or perceived,” Sajak tweeted last month.

The petition states, “Why don’t we have the ‘Adam Sandler’ character… sending letters to women in prison and being their friend and trying to help them adjust, giving them hope… and when they get out of prison he picks them up so they don’t have to ride the smelly bus back home… but his pickup truck is a junker, smoking and sputtering … worse than the bus. But his heart is in the right place… He’s the last “chivalrous” man on earth.”

Martin Cummins has not commented on the script, thusfar. A statement is expected soon.

Professor Nafzger has made a short treatment of the project available online.

He has made the finished script available at for select filmmakers.

Jana Sandler of Happy Madison Productions has also expressed interest in the screenplay.

Martin Cummins is a Actor, Director, Producer known for Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), We All Fall Down (2000), When Calls the Heart (2014), Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996) and is represented by The Characters Talent Agency, Tyman Stewart.

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We’re going to use a very simple example so you see how to develop this on a commercial level. We’ll call our character Joe. Joe’s a recluse. He fears social contact – developing his reason(s) for being a recluse is part of the job but for now we’ll just deal with the straightforward fear: Joe’s a recluse (internal conflict).

It’s an emotional flaw the hero needs to overcome.

This is what the protagonist fears. I don’t mean a fear of something external like snakes or spiders. I mean internally! This is a flaw they have absolutely no intention of addressing. They may not even recognize they have this problem.


George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life

My favorite heroes and heroines, off the top of my head:

Breaking it down, analyzing the specifics, is like doing scales on the piano, or doing dance technique exercises at the barre. It gives you the foundation and the strength and coordination for the magic of art to happen.

You don’t have to think too hard about it, either, when you’re listing. It might be more useful to do the list fast and see what comes up, because that non-thinking list will be more relevant to your present project, or a brewing project. These lists are never written in stone, either. You can make a whole different list tomorrow.